“Seven weeks ago it reached the hands of the public, and since then Apple has struggled to keep their latest flagship smartphone in stock,” Ewan Spence reports for Forbes. “It’s hard to disagree with those sort of sales numbers, and after spending two weeks with the iPhone 5s. I haven’t found any reason to even try. The iPhone 5s is the best all-round smartphone on the market right now.”

“The iPhone 5S puts much more focus on ease of use and simple choices than an Android handset such as the Samsung Galaxy S4. Where Android opens up a world of choice in settings, layouts, launchers, and options, the iPhone 5S provides a standard platform for everyone using the handset. That reduces the appeal of the the iOS platform to the vocal power-users and hacker community who want a platform to play with, but it also makes the handset much more appealing to the general public,” Spence reports. “The iPhone 5S is designed for everyday use and to just work, not something that needs to be tweaked and maintained… but this trade-off for minimalism does reduce the configurability that many Android fans enjoy.”

“The iPhone 5S builds on the design of the iPhone 5, adding in the new 64-bit A7 processor, and introducing the M7 motion co-processor. Both of these are very much on the bleeding edge, with only a handful of applications set up to make use of them at the moment. Going forwards though, these two chips and their architecture are going to be keystones of the platform, which makes the 5S as future proof a smartphone as you could hope to buy,” Spence reports. “It is a pricey handset, but Apple’s hardware always has been. Balancing that price point is the simple fact that anyone buying the iPhone 5S is going to have a phone that is at the start of a long life, with technology in the handset that’s going to be utilised and improved on for the next few years.”

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